New facility for Martial Arts Academy
Kickboxing, kung fu, karate and kendo are all on the schedule at Rohnert Park’s Martial Arts Academy, which opens in its new location Tuesday, Sept. 4. The move to 5979 Commerce Blvd. wraps up the academy’s course offerings at Callinan Sports & Fitness.
It’s been a good run at Callinan, noted Sensei Tony Johnson, who teaches each class at the academy. A martial arts student since 1995, the former Rohnert Park resident has studied under nationally recognized master Sifu Tim McFarland at the California Martial Arts Institute in Sonoma.
“I have found that as a way of life, martial arts can teach many valuable lessons that allow you to control yourself and to be a better person,” said Johnson, 38.
The first day of classes in the new facility include a 5:35 p.m. Little Dragons class for youth 7 and older and kickboxing at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday classes range from Parent & Me at 5:10 p.m. for children 2-5 and their parents, karate at 7:40 p.m. and kendo at 9:45 p.m.
Kendo is a swordsmanship-based Japanese art. Said Johnson, “Swordsmanship teaches Bushido, the way of the warrior, a method of living to strengthen every aspect of yourself so you can be of service to your family and community.”
Other classes throughout the week include self-defense, cardio training and kung fu, all of which focus on skill and attitude. Martial arts can lead to self-control, consideration for others, improved body image and greater physical fitness, he said.
Fees start at $40 a month, with material fees of $29-$49. Discounts are available to families, college students and military personnel, active and retired.
The public is invited to try a class for free. For more information, go to m-a-academy.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.